Lexus has announced a multi-year agreement with the F Performance Racing team.
The motorsports partnership is with Paul Gentilozzi and the newly-formed F Performance Racing that will field the RC F GT3 in a soon to be announced race series. The new racing venture also confirmed that Lexus will compete in the U.S. starting 2016 and the new race vehicle is based on the production Lexus RC F. Piloting the RC F GT3 will be veteran and road racing legend Scott Pruett with a limited schedule for next year. The team will primarily focus on developing the race organization in 2016 while gathering data and track experience to further improve vehicle development.
For 2017 and 2018, the team will field multiple race cars for a full schedule. The Lexus RC F GT3 race car will be powered by the same production 5.0-liter V8 with at least 500 horsepower mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters.
“A core mission of F Performance Racing was to strengthen the Lexus’ F brand by applying lessons gleaned from racing, while nurturing an engineering culture that transfers that knowledge to dynamic, high performance passenger car development. We are very excited about what this partnership and race effort can mean for the brand in the years to come,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager, Lexus division.